Home | News | Crime & Punishment | Two Men Cuffed In Strangulation Death Of Bronx Body-Shop Owner Connected To Crooked NYPD Cop

Two Men Cuffed In Strangulation Death Of Bronx Body-Shop Owner Connected To Crooked NYPD Cop

Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
image
Robert Bishun, 36

Two men were arrested on Thursday for allegedly robbing a Bronx body-shop owner before leaving him to die in the backseat of his own car, prosecutors said.

Robert Pizzaro and Juan Rivera were nabbed for rushing into the Proline Auto Specialists in Morris Park on September 20, 2016 and sticking up 36-year-old owner Robert Bishun at gunpoint.

After stripping him of cash, the two men allegedly tied up Bishun with rope and threw him into the back of a BMW. Bishun suffocated to death as Pizzaro and Rivera sped away from the shop.

“These men not only allegedly kidnapped a man from his business, robbing him of hard earned money — but they ultimately took his life,” New York State Police Superintendent George Beach II said in a statement, slamming the alleged crimes as “heinous.”

The arrests came after a months-long investigation carried out by the NYPD, the NYSP and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Both Pizzaro, 37, and Rivera, 39, were slammed with a slew of charges, including kidnapping, robbery and use of firearms.

The Proline Auto Specialists body shop is connected to a violent drug crew affiliated with disgraced NYPD cop Merlin Alston.

Bishun was killed a few weeks before he was supposed to testify against Alston, and a federal judge suspected that the former cop had ordered the timely killing. The judge subsequently revoked Alston’s bail, adding that Bishun’s slaying smacked of “movie violence.”

Alston was found guilty in November of using his police authority to protect his high school buddy turned drug dealer. The crooked cop apparently also helped his buddy traffic at least 5 kilos of cocaine into Bronx.

 

Add to:       Facebook        Google        LinkedIn        Pinterest        Buffer        Digg       

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (0 posted):

Post your comment comment

Please enter the code you see in the image:

  • email E-Mail to a friend
  • print Print version
  • Plain text Plain text
Rate this article
5.00
Image Gallery
Robert Bishun, 36
Tags
No tags for this article
Featured Author
image

Peter Mirabella, PhD

is recently retired from the New York City Department of Education, where he taught elementary school for nearly 9 years. He completed the New York City Teaching Fellows Program in 2004. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a public affairs speechwriter for over 20 years for such organizations as The New York Stock Exchange, KPMG Peat Marwick, Goldman Sachs, and the New York State Comptrollers Office. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the New School University and a M.A. Degree in education from Lehman College. Dr. Mirabella currently is writing a book about his experience as a New York City school teacher.